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Samsung Galaxy S8 Reportedly First to Launch With Snapdragon 835 SoC; LG G6 to Launch With Snapdragon 821

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Reportedly First to Launch With Snapdragon 835 SoC; LG G6 to Launch With Snapdragon 821
Highlights
  • LG G6 said to launch with Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Samsung reportedly has first dibs of Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 to be first phone with Snapdragon 835

With Qualcomm announcing its latest Snapdragon 835 SoC at the recently concluded CES 2017 event, one of the biggest doubts was will the upcoming flagships from HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung among others feature the new chipset? As per a report, it turns out that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will be the first to feature the chipset and this means that other manufacturers have to either compromise with an older SoC or delay the launches of the devices.

Ben Sin of Forbes reports that LG's upcoming G6 flagship smartphone, slated to launch on February 26, will be unveiled featuring the older Snapdragon 821 processor. The report further adds that "Samsung has first dibs." One of the sources told Sin, "The Snapdragon 835 won't be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches."

The news that Samsung Galaxy S8 has first rights on Snapdragon 835 chipset doesn't come as surprise as Qualcomm had previously detailed that the SoC is built on the 10nm FinFET fabrication process by Samsung. Sin also claims that Samsung's Galaxy S8 may hit market shelves on April 14 in at least South Korea. The Verge corroborates to the latest report and suggests Samsung is indeed "grabbing the lion's share of the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors." It is being speculated that Samsung may use Snapdragon 835 on the Korean units as well this time around.

This might be one of the reasons why Nokia despite confirming that it is working on a Snapdragon 835-based smartphone recently confessed that this may take time. Nokia is now expected to launch a smartphone featuring a Snapdragon 835 SoC late this year.

Samsung already confirmed its absence at the MWC 2017 event and rumours making rounds the company will launch Galaxy S8 in simultaneous launch events that are expected to be held in the US and Europe on March 29. This will mean that all eyes will be on the LG's next G6 flagship at the MWC 2017.

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  • Impressive material and construction quality
  • Excellent screen
  • Great camera quality and dual lens implementation
  • Solid battery life
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  • Processor will be outdated soon
  • Inconvenient power button
  • Not as stylish as the competition
Display5.70-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 821
Front Camera5-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity3300mAh
OSAndroid 7.0
Resolution1440x2880 pixels
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  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features
Display5.80-inch
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 8895
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3000mAh
OSAndroid 7.0
Resolution1440x2960 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features
Display6.20-inch
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 8895
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3500mAh
OSAndroid 7.0
Resolution1440x2960 pixels
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